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UPDATED 04:19 18th June 2014

Federici is an Australian international goalkeeper who is a mainstay between the sticks, with experience in the Premier League, Olympics and World Cup. A determined and driven athlete with a fantastic mentality, he came through the famous Australian Institute of Sport, then moved half way across the globe to begin his career in football.

The stopper first trialled with Bolton before joining Wolves on a non-contract basis for much of their 2002/3 promotion season. He then joined Italian club Sardenga but soon decided he wanted to return to England, spending a couple of months with Leeds in the summer of 2004.

Non-contractual terms were implemented as Federici rocked up at the Madejski Stadium in late 2004 and, such was his determination and drive to earn himself a deal in Berkshire, he slept on Ibrahima Sonko's sofa for a short period. Federici made the bench for a number of Royals fixtures in the early part of the 2005/6 campaign and he remained on non-contract terms while also playing for non-Leaguers Carshalton. His hard work and ability paid dividends in the summer of 2006, though, when he peened a one-year professional contract with Reading. He celebrated his new deal by scoring in a pre-season friendly at Bromley after being thrown up front!

After impressing in the FA Cup, particularly when winning Player of the Round for a superb display at Old Trafford, he signed a new contract to further commit himself to the club. The Aussie made his Premier League debut away at Tottenham - marking the next stage in a quite remarkable journey. When Marcus Hahnemann departed in 2009, Federici rightly took his place between the sticks.

He was instrumental in Reading's Championship-winning season in 2011/12 and then played 26 times, in all competitions, during the club's ensuing season in the top flight. Having now been around Berkshire for a decade, he has racked up over 200 appearances for the Royals.